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News number: 8805030981

15:07 | 2009-07-25

Science

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Iran's Second Cloned Calf Born

TEHRAN (FNA)- A second calf cloned by Iranian researchers was born at Royan institute in Isfahan, central Iran, on Saturday, marking a scientific breakthrough for the country.



Following the successful cloning of various farm animals, including a lamb named 'Royana', a goat named 'Hanna' and the first calf named 'Bonyana', Iranian scientists succeeded in cloning a second calf named 'Tamina'.

The birth of Iran's second cloned calf which occurred two weeks after Bonyana's birth, completed the circle of embryology researchers carried out by the Royan institute in the field of cloning.

Now, Iran stands among the numbered countries possessing the ability to clone farm mammals.

Royan institute researchers hope to clone certain species at high risk of extinction in the near future.

They are also looking to use cloned goats to produce genetically modified animals required for manufacturing new recombinant medications, particularly TPA.

The effort is part of Iran's quest to become a regional high-tech powerhouse in western Asia by 2025.